The International Burden of Migraine Study (IBMS): Study design, methodology, and baseline cohort characteristics

Krista A. Payne*, Sepideh F. Varon, Ariane K. Kawata, Karen Yeomans, Teresa K. Wilcox, Aubrey Manack, Dawn C. Buse, Richard B. Lipton, Peter Goadsby, Andrew M. Blumenfeld

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Abstract

Objective: To describe a survey methodology to evaluate headache characteristics and burden and to present baseline characteristics for the international cohort of survey participants.

Methods: A targeted, web-based methodology was used to recruit and survey subjects with migraine in 10 countries. Based on reported symptoms, subjects meeting ICHD-2 criteria for migraine were included; eligible subjects were classified as chronic (>= 15 headache days per month) or episodic (<15 headache days per month). Outcomes included sociodemographic and clinical characteristics, resource utilization, disability, health-related quality of life, anxiety, depression and productivity.

Results: Of 23,312 survey respondents, 11,897 were eligible and 9715 (81.7%) completed the survey; subjects were 81.5% female; 5.7% (n = 555) had chronic migraine.

Conclusions: This is the first large international cohort of persons with chronic and episodic migraine studied using a web-based approach, a methodology well suited to the study of the burden of migraines.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1116-1130
Number of pages15
JournalCephalalgia
Volume31
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011

Keywords

  • Migraine
  • disability
  • resource utilization
  • HRQoL
  • web-based survey
  • QUALITY-OF-LIFE
  • WORLD-WIDE-WEB
  • AMERICAN MIGRAINE
  • EPISODIC MIGRAINE
  • UNITED-STATES
  • PREVENTION AMPP
  • GLOBAL BURDEN
  • PREVALENCE
  • POPULATION
  • HEADACHE

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